Today, I have been considering the benefits of using a premium theme for WordPress and, in my research, two particular themes stand out above all the others – the Thesis Theme and the Genesis Theme. Actually each of these are more than just a theme – they are both Frameworks.
As I understand things, a Framework is a kind of parent theme in which the major part of the coding is located. Individual child themes can then be easily developed for styling purposes. The advantage of this is when some coding needs to change, say for security reasons, the change can take place in the parent, and all the child themes can be safely updated without loss of styling.
There certainly does not appear to be much between the two frameworks. There is an excellent article comparing the Genesis and Thesis Frameworks here. However, I thought I’d do my own bit of research into what top bloggers are actually using. Before I show you my results, I have to say that this was not a very scientific study. I simply listed all the blogs I came across in a single day of browsing and then checked their Alexa Ranking and identified the theme they were using.
Here are the findings …
I sorted the results, by Alexa ranking and then selected the top twenty.
As you can see, quite a number of the bloggers I found are actually using the Thesis Theme. As I said, it was a not very scientific study. This could simply be because Thesis has been around longer, for example. It could also be that my sample is not truly representative of the whole of the blogosphere.
That said, the above is something I will be bearing in mind should I decide to change my theme. Actually, after reading about what these frameworks do, I feel convinced it is the right thing to do.
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